History of
Barrow on
display for
Heritage Week

AN IMPRESSIVE exhibition detailing the history of the River Barrow is currently on show in the Ionad Dara in Goresbridge.

AN IMPRESSIVE exhibition detailing the history of the River Barrow is currently on show in the Ionad Dara in Goresbridge.

The Barrowvale Local History Group are the organisers and this is the group’s sixth year mounting an exhibition at the centre. This year the focus is on the River Barrow and there is a model of a lock, fishing reels, rods, photos of people at the river and the flora and fauna, information about families from the 1911 census, items on forges, milling and information on the Ballyellen Railway.

“We have different themes every year. It can be hard work but it is well worth it. The river is now an amenity area whereas in bygone tiems it was an archery of transport and was also essential for the working of the mill,” said Chairman of the group, Ned Moran.

The main focus of the exhibition is a model of the old Ballyellen lough and the centrepiece was crafted by Mr Moran. Pat Mc Donnell, a boatsman from Graignamanagh crafted a number of model boats for the display.

There are also a number of artefacts from the boats and engines and lots of photographs in relation to the loughts.

The exhibition is running until next Sunday (August 28) and is open from 2pm to 6pm daily. Admission is free.